Chiropractic massage is a popular and effective treatment for many people, whether you have a sports injury or chronic headaches. Chiropractors can help re-balance the joints, tissue, and alignment of the body to help you function better, have less pain, and improve your overall physical well-being and posture.
Many people who undergo chiropractic massage benefit the most from a continued series of treatments over a long period of time, which means choosing the best chiropractor is important.
When choosing a chiropractor, it is important to take your time and consider many different aspects. When beginning your search, you can ask for recommendations from your primary care physician, friends, and family. You'll be surprised how much information on good and bad chiropractic experiences you can find just by networking with the people close to you.
You can also use the yellow pages and the internet if you find you can't gather enough choices from recommendations alone. Once you've narrowed down your options, call a few offices and request more information and a consultation if available. They are often free of charge and give you a chance to assess the experience and bedside manner of the chiropractor.
During your consultation or phone interview, ask the chiropractor how long he has been practicing and where his credentials are from. You'll also want to ask many questions about his individual technique. There are many ways one can address a particular problem. Some chiropractors may only use their hands, while others may incorporate tools such as suction devices to aid in the massage.
Ask specifically about your problem and goals and if he has any experiences or patients with similar issues. Some chiropractors may be able to recommend you to a specialist or someone better qualified to address your specific problem. If you feel uncomfortable or not confident with the suggested methods or treatment, move on to another chiropractor.
It is important to find a chiropractor that not only can help you heal, but can accommodate your other needs as well. Is the office nearby enough or will traveling be a problem or cause stress? Are the prices fair? Do you have to book appointments too far in advance or is there little flexibility in changing dates and times? What are the hours of operation?
You don't want your chiropractic massage to be an experience you dread, but rather one that can help you relax so you get the best results possible. Choose one that has office policies that you believe are fair and can fit with your lifestyle.
After you choose and begin undergoing treatments with a chiropractor, the most important thing is that you should start feeling better. There should be a noticeable difference and improvement in your specific problem within a few weeks or months.
If you feel no difference, or even worse after a month, you may want to have a discussion with your chiropractor about your expectations. You may also consider switching chiropractors.
Chiropractic massage should be a healing, enjoyable experience. By choosing a qualified doctor that makes you feel comfortable will help you get better results and ease any tension you may feel about treatment. Take your time choosing and don't be afraid to ask questions.
One of the things that my patient report to me is that one of the most profound effects that chiropractor has on them is their ability to reduce their stress level and also recover from stress.
Our cranium and our spine house our brain and spinal cord. And all of the spinal nerves that are exiting the spine, innervate every single organ and cell in our body. By adjusting the spine, when we find misalignment, restrictions or what we call subluxations, we're able to profoundly restore normal nerve function. Ad this has a profoundly relaxing effect on the nervous system.
I like to say that chiropractic care helps the nervous system to become more highly organized. We noticed that there is a profound shift in the nervous system. Particularly in the automatic nervous system. The parts of the nervous system that functions without our constant awareness. The sympathetic nervous system our the fight or flight response that most people live in all day long, shifts after chiropractic care. And the power sympathetic nervous becomes more dominant. The power sympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system we would like to be more active. It's the part of the nervous system that controls the immune system and digestion. It tends to slow the heart rate and decrease blood pressure to normal, So it's very important that we have a dynamic balance between these two nervous systems. And chiropractic care is one of the most effective and profound ways I know to balance that nervous system.
The other thing that's really very powerful about chiropractic care is the kind of interaction you'll have with your chiropractor. Really talking about what's happening in your body. My patients report that when they go out into the world after their adjustment, their whole experience of life is very different. They feel very rested but they also feel alert. They fell calm and they're really ready to take on the world.
In the United States, Chiropractic is a natural way of healing which does not include any drugs or medicines. It is into existence for more than 100 years. Chiropractors in recent times are very skilled and highly trained in the field of health care. Chiropractors can help you in many ways like the treatment of back pain, joint pain or arthritis.
Chiropractic care has proven to be very beneficial for people with chronic pain. The kind of treatment chiropractic provides is said to be beneficial for normal functioning of the spine and in reducing pain as well. Chiropractors are highly trained for this. A recent study compared chiropractic spinal adjustment to Celebrax/Bextra/Cox-2 inhibitors for the treatment of chronic pain. This was published in July 2003 in Spine which is number one orthopedic journal in the world. Chiropractic treatment was proven to be 5 times better in case of chronic spinal pain as compared to Cox-2 inhibitors. It was also observed that the medicine caused more pain, side effects and reactions as compared to the natural healing process of chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment has been practiced for many years and has many ways to treat old patients in a safe manner. Food advice also comes under chiropractic treatment as some food have bad effects on inflammation and cause harm. There are other kinds of foods that help our body to produce hormones that are anti-inflammatory. There are nutrients that can increase the production of anti-inflammatory hormones in our body and are completely safe. There are no reactions or side effects as our body makes these anti-inflammatories itself. It is said, prevention is better than cure. With chiropractic treatment, you can reduce the rate at which your spine ages. It has been observed that spinal manipulation can help the spine from aging and avoid arthritis and other similar problems.
You can find all the advantages of spinal manipulation in the scientific literature and chiropractic care is becoming popular day by day. Research is being carried out regarding the various aspects of chiropractic care. It is a sad thing to notice that there is not the right kind of awareness in the people regarding the effectiveness of chiropractic care and how naturally it can heal various problems like neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain. It is an important field of health care and should be given proper attention as it is free from drugs, side effects and pain.
Conventional medicine is built on treating illnesses with two tools and only two tools: drugs and surgery. You can visualize a conventional doctor as a workman who carries only a hammer and a screwdriver. To be fair, they're the absolute best hammer and screwdriver that science can build, and the workman is very, very good with those particular tools; if you need a nail or screw driven, this is the guy you want to hire.
But back pain isn't all just nails to be hammered and screws to be driven. Back pain can be caused by multiple factors, and each cause can require a different kind of treatment. Would it make sense to fix everything with only two tools even though that the problem may require other tools? Would it be better to patch the road or fix it at its root?
For example, if drugs are used to treat a spinal misalignment, will that correct that misalignment that is causing the pain? Or will that just temporary inhibit the pain without treating the cause? Ultimately, medications are there to just block the pain, and although this eases the anguish associated with back pain, it does not restore the functional biomechanics. Even worse, while prescription drugs can be effective at treating pain, in most cases they can't do anything to fix the underlying problem causing that pain. This means that if you want that pain to stay away, you have to keep taking those drugs until the cause of the pain somehow fixes itself. That's a life sentence of sky-high medical bills and side effects!
Pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong with the body, and blocking that mechanism will only cause more damage in the long run. Wouldn't it be better to treat the underlying problem and restore its proper function?
And surgery, while generally more effective at treating the root cause of a problem, can be even more dangerous. Iatrogenic disease-that is, illnesses caused by doctors-is currently the number three cause of death for Americans, behind only cancer and heart disease. Every time a patient goes under the knife, no matter how necessary, they are taking their life in their hands. Again, there are certain conditions where surgery is the best option, but why put up with the risks of surgery when there are alternative treatments that can deal with a problem before it gets bad enough for surgery to be the only option?
In short, when it comes to back pain, conventional medicine comes at the problem with nothing but that hammer and screwdriver, and whatever the cause of the pain may be, those are the tools you get. Given the alternative, wouldn't you rather be treated by someone with a complete toolbox, a medical practitioner who approaches each problem by its own standards instead of using the same approach to every malady?
Considering how inadequate the drugs-and-surgery method is at effectively treating back pain, is it any surprise that millions of Americans are seeing Doctors of Chiropractic? Chiropractic medicine, unlike conventional medicine, isn't about treating symptoms, but about treating people. Doctors of Chiropractic make use of a wide range of methods and equipment to treat a variety of problems. After all, chronic disorders such as back pain result in almost 80% of health care expenditures in the United States, and chronic disease can't generally be fixed with drugs or surgery. Chiropractor helps patients look at their lifestyle and medical history as a whole so they can treat the root cause of chronic pain-and "treat" doesn't mean "make it go away by taking a pill."
Let's examine why more and more people are looking to a chiropractor to treat their back pain:
Chiropractic is Safe and All Natural
Compared to the dangers of surgery as described above, chiropractic is incredibly safe, with an injury to patients during spinal manipulation reported in fewer than one in three million adjustments. Doctors of chiropractic make use of all natural remedies instead of relying on prescription drugs, which lead to millions of hospitalizations annually. The safety of chiropractic explains why malpractice insurance is one of the lowest of any medical practitioner.
Chiropractic is Effective for Back Pain
The effectiveness of chiropractic in treating back pain has been proven countless times. In fact, chiropractic is so effective that the Ontario Ministry of Health recommended that chiropractic should be the preferred treatment for lower back pain, with traditional medicine not even in the running. Chiropractic patients have reported being happier with chiropractic treatment than traditional medicine in startling numbers, citing the communicativeness of chiropractor, the low cost of treatment compared to traditional medicine, and most importantly, the effectiveness at reducing pain compared to drugs and surgery.
Chiropractic Has Shown to Reduce Hospital Admissions and Healthcare Costs
Doctors of Chiropractic don't just keep their patients safe when treating back pain; they actually reduce hospital admissions as a result of their treatment. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, patients who saw a chiropractor as their primary care physician experienced 43% fewer hospitalizations and had more than 50% reduction of their pharmaceutical costs. Considering how many hospital visits result in iatrogenic disease, it's not only better financially to avoid hospitalization, it's a lot safer, too!
Chiropractic is the not answer to every health ailment. However, for musculoskeletal issues such as back and neck pain, headaches, and other related disorders, it is a safer and more effective treatment than drugs and surgery.
NYU Langone Spine Center Co-Director Dr. Anthony Frempong-Boadu sat down with Tech Insider to talk about spine health, and gave his honest opinion about working with chiropractors. As with choosing any doctor, its smart to do your research and find someone who can truly help you.